You can get exceptional performance from your security door if you are vigilant and you avoid the manufacturing or installation defects that can affect it. This article discusses some of the defects that any homeowner should look out for after purchasing a security door.
Dents and Scratches
Dents and scratches may seem minor, but they can have a lasting impact on the beauty and durability of a security door. Moisture can be trapped in such dents and this can trigger corrosion in the metallic security doors. It is therefore essential for you to conduct a visual inspection of the door when it is delivered and after installation. Have any dents or scratches fixed so that you will be left with a visually appealing door.
Security doors usually come with their frames. However, the frame may not be parallel to the edge of the ceiling after the installation has been completed. This installation defect can cause several problems, such reducing the thermal performance of the house envelop. You can avoid this problem by selecting an experienced installer, such as one sent by the manufacturer of the door. This will save you from the risks of using improvised DIY methods to patch the gaps left by the misaligned doorframe.
You should inspect the door that is delivered to your address to confirm that it does not have any visible joints on its surface. Such joints are indicators of manufacturing defects. The visible joints can cause a security door to fail prematurely due to the stresses of daily use. Only accept a door whose surface does not reveal where the different components of the door were joined together. Doors that appear seamless can last longer because the forces exerted upon them during daily use are distributed evenly throughout the entire door system.
Insufficient Door Clearance
Doors require some clearance from the floor to operate smoothly. Test the operation of your security door after it has been installed so that you can confirm that ample clearance was left between that door and the floor. Any difficulty to operate the door may be due to several factors, such as the improper installation of the door hinges. Ask the installer to rectify the installation so that the door can operate flawlessly before they leave.
As such, you should not be passive after you have ordered a security door and it has been delivered for installation. Take the proactive measures discussed above so that you can get value for your money.